Photography, Reworks

Re-Working the Man-Shed

Back in July I photograph a family and at the end of the session I took some photos of the dad in his shed where he has all his bikes.  He loves cycling and in his shed he keeps his bikes and does all  his maintenance on them.  I wasn’t totally happy with the images that I got of him in the shed, but today I thought I might try reworking them.

Nick - OriginalThis is the black and white version of it.  It isn’t a bad photo, but I wondered what I would do differently now.  I am hoping to be able to photograph an artist in his studio and some of the techniques that I want to use, I thought I might try out here.

Nick - ReworkedThis is the rework, it is much darker, and while I tried to draw out more the details in the background, it just didn’t seem to work.

Nick - Reworked with Silver EfexThis colour image was then processed in Silver Efex Pro 2.   It was hard to work out what preset to use, most just didn’t seem to work with this image, and I think even the one I chose in the end was the best, but I am still not sure it was the right one for this image.

Normally that is all I would do, but actually before I did this one, I did another one and it worked out far better.

Nick - In the DropsThis image worked out more like what I was hoping.  I don’t know if Nick would like it, but I do.  There is something about it.  It is so much more textured.

NIck - In the Drops (SEP)This is the high structure preset in Silver Efex.  I think this preset has worked so much better than the first black and white one that I did.

I do like the second image so much better.  It took a bit of work, but that is always okay.  It was also nice to know that some of the techniques I’ve been using can work when doing a portrait, though what I want to do with the artist in the studio is a little different, but some things will be similar.  I am looking forward to that session.

Looking at Options for My Blog

I have been thinking about doing some changes to the blog, not that it will effect you much, but I have been thinking about self hosting.  I have the domain name and I might be able to use that, or with an extension on the end.  Since I have someone host my website, I am hoping that I can self host my blog there.  Time will tell.

So what will this mean for you.  Well, you will have the option of following me on the new blog, though I will continue to use this one, perhaps put the beginning of each blog up on this, with a link to the new blog and the post.

The reason I am considering this is because I want to have more options for what I do on this blog.  At the moment with WordPress hosting my blog, I can’t charge people to advertise on my blog, or get sponsors for the blog.  Having the  ability to do both would mean that I can continue doing the blog.

You may have to put up with the ads, but I it should not interfere with what I post and what you expect from my blog.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.


  1. Leanne, I have recently thought of leaving WordPress for the same reason. They won’t allow certain plug-ins or widgets that would allow a possible income for me. I hear you.
    Whatever you decide to do, send me the link and I’ll follow you there. :)

  2. leo brady says

    Your self hosting idea makes good sense to me. seems to have been built more for social media rather than small business.
    I have another site with a friend where we use the front end software and self host. We have a lot more independence and ability to do as we wish there including some of those things you mentioned. Though we don’t run it as a small business now, we have that ability. Check out for more details. There’s a load of info there. I’m sure there are alternatives as well.
    Thom Hogan ( and Ken Rockwell ( are pros that I follow off and on. Their sites may give you some ideas on what they do in their small businesses.
    Go gcuire Dia an t-ádh ort ;-)

  3. I’m fine with the ads. The one bummer if you migrate away from here is that you won’t automatically show up in my WordPress feed. Either way, I really appreciate your blog, both for the art and for the education.

    • If I do like a introduction on this blog that you then click something like “continue reading” then I will still show up, that is the plan at the moment.

    • Provided you keep using the package, i.e. installing it on your own web domain, there is a Jetpack plugin you can install for free that connects you to the old site, granting some sort of continuity. You can even import everything you have on the .com website into your own .org … :)

  4. Leanne,
    I’m partial to the next–t0-last image, with the under-saturated colour and the ‘grundgey’ texture it has, for me, more punch than the last. I suppose because the muddy shadows force all of one’s focus on the gentleman, rather than sharing it with the shed contents.

    Thanks for sharing your processes. . . very interesting.

  5. The ‘desaturated’ colour version of the second shot works for me.
    I think it’s a much better pose and more flattering to Nick – if he’s worried about that?! It also says ‘bicycle’ to me more than the first shot which, as a portrait, tells us more about Nick. The reason for preferring the colour version is that Nick stands out better; he seems to merge into the background boxes in the mono version.
    …… and that’s why I think it’s a great portrait!

  6. It’s a natural progression. Some will stick with you, others will drift. New followers will come.

  7. Great idea that you want your website to pay for itself and allow advertising – if you have a business, maybe WordPress isn’t the right platform to use. I wouldn’t have a clue.
    Whatever you do – I will follow like a big cuddly dog.
    Even if ads is a problem when I’m on my netbook – takes ages to open up blogs with ads, but I have to live with that or only visit you when I’m on my PC.

    Like the rework … you done here – stunning how filter and software, skills and luck can do to a photo.
    My favorite is the second last photo – really like that …

    • What I really want to be able to do is sell space to companies, like say, Nik Software, they could pay money to have their logo and a link to their website on my blog, or have someone like Tamrac pay me to sponsor a blog post, that sort of thing. It would be nice to get some revenue.
      I am really happy with how that image came out, must send Nick a link.

      • Of course you should- he will be thrilled.

        You’re thinking in the right way when it’s about your blog. I hope you will find a platform that is suitable for you, your job and needs.

  8. The B&W reworks are great, a fine improvement!

    Self host, I will certainly migrate with you Leanne. Many options indeed! I recently switched, the options are so numerous it’s almost confusing!

  9. saymber says

    I hope whatever your decision about where to blog it benefits you best. The pics of your Dad are great. I like the second to last one the best.

  10. great reworking of the photos…I’m sure it takes a great deal of time to accomplish! Yes… will allow you to host and do the advertising…it would make sense for you to switch to allow you to receive revenue from ads…I’ve also seen blogs like this one with an obvious link to a second site which is where the person sells photos, etc., and has advertising…it is what ever works best for you…

  11. Hi Leanne, thanks for stopping by my blog. Really lovely site you have here and you take wonderful photos.

  12. praynman says

    like your last b&w version of the man .Doesn’t look as heavy as the color one. If you have a chance to self host your project, go for it, it may give you more freedom than you have now. Sounds real good.

  13. I think it’s a good idea Leanne! I mean, I don’t know much about blogs, my husband helped me set up this one lol. It sounds like it would help give you what you want and that sounds good to me :)

  14. The two I like are the first and the last. First, its portrait quality. The last shows Nick’s passion.

    Regarding your blog options, whatever works for your situation. The one item you may consider should you self-host is to make sure you have enough bandwidth space to accommodate both your content and traffic.

    • I hope so David, time will tell, if it becomes a problem then I might have to do a rethink. It looks okay at the moment. I got good storage when I set it up because of the cycling photos I was selling. So that isn’t an issue, but people looking it might be.

  15. It looks like the lighting was very difficult to shoot in. When I get into a situation like that, I set the camera on a tripod, set it up for speed frames and automatic exposure compensation. Sometimes I get a better one than what I thought to do with a manual setting. Lately, I’ve been over exposing a lot, and I like it.

  16. I think the idea of posting the beginning of the blog here with the link to your other is good for us as readers, but will it be more work for you?

    By the way, thanks for ‘liking’ my rock pool photos. It means a lot to me, coming from you, ‘cos your photos are amazing!

  17. Terry722 says

    Thanks for all the likes and visits to my blog. I love yours and look forward to the new one you’ll have up. You have some wonderful images.

  18. lensaddiction says

    High Structure is my favourite preset in Silver Efex ! I like how you get detail as well as some darker glamour as well :) Nice job on the redo, the last two are excellent.

    So long as you dont have animated ads on your blog, i dont care what else you do with it, and I will follow you if you selfhost. Enjoy your posts and have learned useful things. Do what works for you!

  19. So very partial to the first B/W, Leanne, as you’ve caught a nice glint in those wonderful, mischievous eyes! The ‘high structure’ (next-to-last) is most intriguing, really a lovely portrait of a ‘working man who loves what he’s doing’!

    Sometime, with portraiture as with everything, we can take the processing too far…but you’ve done this one perfectly!!! I’ll wager he loves it?!?

  20. i love the 2nd to the last photo! how did you do that?:) all the photos were good though, but i’ve always wanted to know how to do it like the 2nd to the last (colored photo)

  21. petit4chocolatier says

    Beautiful rework. Love the 2nd from the last photo. Looking forward to any new home you find for your blog :)

  22. Nick in the picture says

    Hi Leanne, I really like the last one of this series, The background is rather mysterious to me now, what is all that? A street in Batman’s Gotham City? What is the character doing? Holding some sort of futuristic vehicle? Which is rather like what a highly specialised time trial bike is. But then the unbrushed hair and creasy t shirt bring a sense of today into it. Lots of mystery. No answers. Nick

  23. The joy and enthusiasm shines out of this man – and your fine photos show this very fine. Particularly the last one I love – also in the color version!

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